Advancing Women’s Businesses in the Palestinian Territories

Apr 18, 2015
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Donor: Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Trafigura Foundation
Background
This initiative focuses on the “missing middle” of women entrepreneurs – women who can act as drivers of development – creating jobs, revitalising their economies, and realising their full potential as agents of social change. Project activities are designed to help overcome barriers to women’s entrepreneurship, including lack of financial services for women entrepreneurs and a need for training and to increase market.
Impact
In 2013, NEF-UK began implementing a three-year project to empower and support 200 women entrepreneurs as they grow profitable and sustainable businesses in southern Palestine.
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    Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Armenia
     
    Active: 2014 – Present
     
    Donor: European Union under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)
    Background
    The Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Armenia project will be implemented in Yerevan, Syunik Province, and the Lori Province to improve protection, gender equality, agency, and economic independence for women survivors of gender-based violence. The project will work with four civil society organisations to engage the public in dialogue, training around norms, safe workspaces, and protection strategies linked to economic opportunities. The total value of the project is EUR 342,711. The project is due to be completed by 20 January 2017.
    Impact
    Over a two-year period, the project will help 200 gender-based violence survivors gain increased employability, small business skills, and safe access to economic opportunities. Sixty women will be offered tailored vocational training with accredited certificated, 120 will receive targeted business and financial support to start their own micro-businesses, and 80 will be offered tailored employment development support. The project aims to increase confidence and self-reliance amongst survivors, so that women can make and shape the choices that affect their lives. The project will increase the capacity of four civil society organisations to analyse gender-based violence risks linked to safe economic opportunities; facilitate spaces, networks, joint actions and conversations about gender-based violence risks and gender equality; and deliver tailored economic development programmes for gender-based violence survivors.
    Background
    The Advancing Gender Equality and the Rights of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Armenia project will be implemented in Yerevan, Syunik Province, and the Lori Province to improve protection, gender equality, agency, and economic independence for women survivors of gender-based violence. The project will work with four civil society organisations to engage the public in dialogue, training around norms, safe workspaces, and protection strategies linked to economic opportunities. The total value of the project is EUR 342,711. The project is due to be completed by 20 January 2017.
    Impact
    Over a two-year period, the project will help 200 gender-based violence survivors gain increased employability, small business skills, and safe access to economic opportunities. Sixty women will be offered tailored vocational training with accredited certificated, 120 will receive targeted business and financial support to start their own micro-businesses, and 80 will be offered tailored employment development support. The project aims to increase confidence and self-reliance amongst survivors, so that women can make and shape the choices that affect their lives. The project will increase the capacity of four civil society organisations to analyse gender-based violence risks linked to safe economic opportunities; facilitate spaces, networks, joint actions and conversations about gender-based violence risks and gender equality; and deliver tailored economic development programmes for gender-based violence survivors.
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